Hayao Miyazaki

Fantastic tribute to Hayao Miyazaki

Artist “dono” uploaded a beautiful tribute to animation master Hayao Miyazaki. Using 3D animation tools, Miyazaki’s world has been rendered in three dimensions adding incredible depth to these already moving scenes. If you’re just being introduced to Studio Ghibli and Hayao Miyazaki do yourself a… Read More »Fantastic tribute to Hayao Miyazaki

A Look at Three New Disney Blu-ray Releases From Studio Ghibli

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My wife was out of town last week, which meant many things, but mainly that the DVR was off limits because it stores countless episodes of “our shows” and, as you know, “our shows” cannot be watched by “just me.” However, please note that it does fall within accepted social graces to watch any given show in its entirety despite my wife falling asleep on the couch well before the third act. I have this in writing.

But I digress. It was Sunday, she was gone, it was raining, and the boys and I were literally stuck to the sofa for hours—not “literally” by its original definition, but “literally” like people use it now, previously known as “figuratively.” English is a living language! Also, our couch is pretty gross.

We had three new Disney Blu-ray releases from Studio Ghibli, and pizza on the way. We were set. We watched all of the movies: Pom Poko, Tales From Earthsea, and Porco Rosso, in that order, and this is what we thought:

Pom Poko

Pom Poko (PG), directed by Isao Takahata, is the classic battle between man and nature, where nature equals shape-shifting raccoons. Fun fact, they are only called raccoons in the U.S. version. A bit of real-time research (see, Google) revealed that they are actually called raccoon dogs. Why was I researching Pom Poko in the middle of the movie? For the same reason you will, because a good portion of the film had us asking “Is that?” and “What am I looking at?” and “Daddy, are those . . .” and yes, yes they are. Read More »A Look at Three New Disney Blu-ray Releases From Studio Ghibli

Animation Master Hayao Miyazaki Awarded Honorary Oscar

Hayao Miyazaki, co-founder of Studio Ghibli, was in Hollywood this weekend to receive a Lifetime Achievement Oscar at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences’ Governors Awards. John Lasseter, chief creative office at Disney and Pixar, introduced the master calling him “the most original… Read More »Animation Master Hayao Miyazaki Awarded Honorary Oscar

Studio Ghibli to pause, re-evaluate its future

Sad news from Japan. Studio Ghibli has announced that with the completion of their most recent film, they will be closing the animation department, at least temporarily, and become a smaller studio focused on their existing properties. They don’t rule out making new films in… Read More »Studio Ghibli to pause, re-evaluate its future

Visit Pixar Studios and help save a very special Forest

Ed note: I’d like to welcome back Leo Holzer with another important guest post. Here’s a rare chance for Disney/Pixar fans to visit Pixar’s campus in Emeryville, California, and help an environmental cause at the same time. Some of you may know about the history… Read More »Visit Pixar Studios and help save a very special Forest